Cumberland Island: A Fragile Beauty

Carol Ruckdeschel and photographer Diane Kirkland present Cumberland Island: A Fragile Beauty at the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta. The exhibit features photographs from Diane Kirkland and illustrations and notes from naturalist Carol Ruckdeschel depicting the island’s vast biodiversity.

In her role as the senior photographer with Georgia Department of Economic Development for twenty five years, Diane Kirkland gained valuable experience in handling photography for advertising campaigns, publications and websites. She is skilled in relating to the travel industry as well as the manufacturing and industrial sector to create unique images that will make your advertising distinctive.Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, Southern Living, and the Times of London.

Diane is the exclusive photographer for Oglethorpe’s Dream, A Picture of Georgia (2001), a photographic book depicting the beauty and cultural traditions of Georgia, and the book Democracy Restored, A History of the Georgia State Capitol (2007).

Also, the international publication Lenswork Magazine featured 18 of her black and white natural landscapes of Georgia.The Georgia Council for the Arts selected Diane to join their 2008-2010 Touring Artist Rosters and she was also invited to join the Southern Arts Federation. which is a multi-media artist registry that spotlights outstanding artists who live and work in the South.

In addition, Diane is the recipient of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources 2007-2008 Artist in Residence Grant.

Call or email Diane now and make your promotions reverberate.

Diane Kirkland Photography
1075 Hudson Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 872-7761


Concrete Convictions

The favorite icons of the South are clearly represented in our small-town concrete yard art centers.

Elvis, John Wayne, gnomes, angels, lawn jockeys, Georgia bulldogs, and the most popular of all are the religious icons.

Somehow seeing a statue of Jesus praying on a busy highway under a billboard next to a garishly painted red and black bulldog is a bit disconcerting.

I’m also struck by the monuments we erect to honor a person or event and then often, the statue is placed in an environment that is incongruous to the intended message.

Or maybe the sites surrounding the monument changed so that the commemorative statue looks out of place and a bit lost.

I do not want to seem like I am demeaning these statues, it’s just that I find religious and honorary icons in unexpected places visually interesting and culturally revealing.


Georgia Landscapes